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Published: Sun, April 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Explore the planetsat children's museum

Families can explore "Planetary Landscapes: Sculpting the Solar System" from June 15 through September 8 at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

Ever wonder what the weather's like on Mars? How does air move on the giant planet of Jupiter? Visitors can check out the swirling atmospheres, bubbling calderas and turbulent clouds of planets in the new exhibit. Artist Ned Kahn created some 12 interactive sculptures.

Hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Beginning June 3, the museum is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4.50 for children 2 to 18 and senior citizens. Thursdays are discounted to $3.50. Grandparents get in free the first Friday of each month.

For more information, call the museum at (412) 322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org.

Tourism Week featuresa view of Mahoning Co.

The Youngstown/Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau is celebrating National Tourism Week on May 10 by offering a free guided tour of the Mahoning County area.

Some of the stops will include Whitehouse Fruit Farm, the Hummel Gift Shop and Das Dutch Haus. The tour will also include a murder mystery. This offer is first come, first served.

For reservations or more information, call the bureau at (800) 447-8201.

Quilt show plannedin West Virginia

The Panhandle Piecemakers 18th Annual Quilt Show will be June 7 and 8 at the John D. Rockefeller Career Center in New Cumberland, W.Va.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and admission is $3, with children 12 or younger admitted free. A quilt titled "Fall Harvest" will be raffled at the show. There will also be quilting demonstrations.

The public may enter quilts or quilted items in the show. All items must be registered from 1 to 6 p.m. June 5 at the center. Each person who enters will receive a pass to the show. For information about registering quilts call (304) 564-3401.

Quilting judge Elizabeth Granholm of Morgantown, W.Va., will give out ribbons in 15 categories. Granholm will appraise quilts by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 5. For information call (304) 723-3027.

The center is on Route 2 north of New Cumberland and south of Moutaineer Racetrack & amp; Resort.

NATION

One laid-back city

Miami is the most laid-back American city, according to a nationwide survey in which it handily beat out Los Angeles and New Orleans, said Jeanne Sullivan, spokeswoman for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

But when it comes to the "fun-loving" lifestyle, Miami took second place, Sullivan acknowledged. Ranked first for fun-loving with 13 percent of the vote was a city that hasn't had much fun lately: New York.

The findings resulted from Foster's Australia Day Survey, a phone poll of 802 Americans across the United States conducted by Luntz Research Company in January.




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